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Ecclesiastes 12:7-9 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

So our bodies return
    to the earth,
and the life-giving breath[a]
    returns to God.
Nothing makes sense.
I have seen it all—
    nothing makes sense.

Respect and Obey God

I was a wise teacher with much understanding, and I collected a number of proverbs that I had carefully studied.


  1. 12.7 life-giving breath: Or “spirit.”

Ecclesiastes 12:7-9 New International Version (NIV)

and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
    and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.[a]
    “Everything is meaningless!

The Conclusion of the Matter

Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.


  1. Ecclesiastes 12:8 Or the leader of the assembly; also in verses 9 and 10
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